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Texas school finance suit gets green light

AUSTIN, Texas, July 26 (UPI) -- A Texas judge Monday approved a lawsuit challenging the state's school finance system.

State District Judge John Dietz rejected a move by the Texas attorney general to dismiss the lawsuit, which means the legal action it will go to trial Aug. 9, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

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Hundreds of Texas school districts have joined in the challenge to the so-called "Robin Hood" plan that requires property wealthy districts to share revenues with poorer districts. The suit questions whether the plan provides adequate funding for the state's school children.

Gov. Rick Perry called a special legislative session this spring to address the school funding issue, but lawmakers could not agree on a solution. The governor also wants to provide property tax relief as part of the package.

Amy Warr, the Texas solicitor general, argued school districts lack legal standing to challenge the law. Warr also said the Legislature was responsible for determining school funding, not the courts. The judge rejected those arguments.

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